Michele Boshar is most recently recognized for her mixed media collages which incorporate acrylic paint with photographs, torn paper and vintage magazine images. Her work often portrays the irony of the perfect moment (the first kiss, the Hollywood ending) in an often unsettled world. She is fascinated by the advertisements of the 1940s where, during wartime, often the magazine illustrations depict a false sense of perfection. Michele deliberately selects and layers each component in her collage with the hope that the viewer will delve deeply.
“Life can be chaotic. We are over scheduled and sleep deprived. I try to take deep breaths and find order in the confusion. I do the same with my art. Faced with a pile of torn paper and paint I mix and twist and turn each piece of paper until it finds a spot on the canvas sometimes only to be covered by another piece of paper or paint. I paste and paint and repaint until I find order in my chaos and intention in my mistakes. Sometimes I am successful and sometimes its back to the drawing board.”
Michele’s work can be seen at
Gallery on Jarves in Sandwich, Massachusetts
Helen Thomas in Andover, Massachusetts (in store and pop-up gallery)
November 2018 - February 2019 Cell Signaling Technology, Danvers MA
September 1, 2018-October 28, 2018 Lehman Art Gallery, Brooks School, North Andover, MA
October 19-29 2018 Feminism Prism Exhibit, Spaceus Annex, Cambridge, MA
October 2016 Eyeful Beauty Lowell, MA
BA in Studio Art from Holy Cross
Master’s in Design from the University of Massachusetts.
When not in the studio, Michele can be found practicing and teaching yoga, running, and spending time with her three teenage children, husband and two cockapoo pups.